Black Rainbow (2020)
Black Rainbow is a night dive into Virpi Pahkinen´s poetic dance world – a liquid black mirror with many possibilities of the human body. The beauty of transformation. The halo of hidden light. A high–spirited stretch of imagination.
The space is yours now. Collection of dreamlike scenes is an invitation to the interpretation: The silver camel in transformation and a smiling madonna playing with dark energy. The sounds of a wind gong and a sacral choir. The super spider with its eight legs changing into a dreaming octopus. The glamorous trio of strange birds chattering and suddenly the agile youngsters popping in like runaway alphabets from the hip hop dictionary. A barefoot yogi pensively writing calligraphy in the air.
At the end of the rainbow awaits a soothing treasure, a lullaby echoing light.
This is a choreography with old soul wisdom, still being entertaining and edgy, a fresh dialogue with the unknown, bathing in the paradoxical luminescence of a black rainbow.
Choreography: Virpi Pahkinen
Performers: Pontus Sundset Granat, Sofia Sangregorio, Victor Persson, Emmi Pennanen, Sakari Romero Tuurala and Virpi Pahkinen
Composition: Jonas Sjöblom
Additional music: Luca V. Lorusso, Horizon, piece for vibraphone with song arrangement by Virpi Pahkinen
Light design: Tobias Hallgren from Lumination of Sweden
Costume: Virpi Pahkinen
Costume Tailoring: Lilaro skrädderi
Make-up design: Tuija Valén
Producer: Gita Mallik from Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company
Duration: 60 min
Age: General audience
On tour: 5–6 performers, 1 technician, in case of live music +1 musician
Premiere: 18th Nov 2020 Dansens Hus, in Stockholm, Sweden
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki
19th – 30th Sep 2021, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern – Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre, Sweden
2nd – 17th October 2021 Dancenet Sweden Tour, Sweden
Falkenberg (Falkhallen), Gävle teater (Gävle), Hjalmar Bergmanteatern (Örebro), Jönköping teater (Jönköping), Vara Konserthus Sparbanken black box (Vara) and Dansstationen (Malmö)
In March 2022 Gothenburg, in Sweden
18th November 2020, Dansens Hus Stockholm, Sweden
The works of Swedish–Finnish choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen are full of secrets. On stage, Pahkinen sometimes embodies a spiritual warrior, a spectral gardener, or a shaman in metamorphosis. Pahkinen is well-known for her stunningly chiseled shapes and almost otherworldly moves that act like an incantation – creating a mysterious, meditative atmosphere. Pahkinen’s work has been performed to critical acclaim in 132 cities in 46 countries around the world.
Other than being commissioned by several companies such as Ballet Poznanski, Vietnamese National Opera Ballet, North 59° and Finnish National Opera Ballet, Pahkinen’s dance pieces have been staged on a vast list of venues – black box theatres, opera stages, art halls and outdoor festivals.
Among her many collaborators transcending the artistic borders are the famous theatre director Ingmar Bergman, and the world-renowned clarinetist Martin Fröst.
In 2011 Pahkinen was awarded the Swedish royal medal Litteris et Artibus, for her outstanding artistic contributions as a dancer and choreographer. She was also awarded the City of Stockholm’s Cullberg Prize in 2014.
The magic of Virpi Pahkinen’s expression lies in the intense presence and interpersonal connection with audiences all over the world. With humour and gravity, Virpi Pahkinen’s choreographies offer to lead the way to new, deeper insights.